Tips on How to Restore your Lincoln Versailles
Produced from 1977 to 1980, the Lincoln Versailles was among the most remembered compact luxury cars. It was definitely built for luxury, performed excellently, and had great handling capability. The Lincoln Versailles may be well-built but over time, its age will catch up to it, and it is inevitable that it will wear out eventually. But you can always do regular maintenance to restore your Lincoln Versailles and prolong its life. Here are some tips on how to maintain your Versailles:
- Prevent rust from eating up your car.
As with any old cars manufactured in the 70's, your Lincoln Versailles is prone to rust because of its steel body. It is important that you fully inspect your car for any signs of corrosion, especially the floors, gas tank area, rocker panels, front strut tower assembly, and the shock towers. You should also inspect the fenders, doors, spare tire well, hood, and trunk for signs of rust. To prevent your car from being eaten up by rust, just keep your car clean by giving it a good wash once a week at the very least. Every nook and cranny should be cleaned as well.
- Always check your valve cover gasket.
The valve cover gasket keeps the engine and the valve cover sealed. It is commonly made out of rubber or cork, so it's easy to understand why you need to check it more often. It deteriorates faster compared to the metal parts of the engine. If it is already brittle, dry, or cracked, oil can leak out of the valve cover. It's not easy to diagnose a leak because of a bad valve cover gasket because the oil leaks at a slower rate and you can't normally see it quickly. You might think that the leak is slow and you should just let it be. Well, you're wrong. It should be fixed immediately too, like all the other leaking parts, because it can set fire to the exhaust manifold and create harmful fumes. No matter how small the leak is, it can still cause the engine oil to be depleted and run out eventually. We all know what happens to the engine if it runs with little engine oil. We're pretty sure you don't want your engine to get damaged, so if the valve cover gasket is already worn out, replace it with a new one.
- Make sure that your coolant is not leaking.
Another common problem with old cars, like your Lincoln Versailles, is a leak in the cooling system. Coolant is vital to the operation of the engine as it helps keep the engine from overheating. To prevent the coolant from leaking, always check the radiator, the radiator hoses, and the pump. The radiator is prone to forming rust. When the radiator gets very rusty, the metal on the radiator gets brittle and can easily have holes. The radiator hose can also get brittle and cracked over time because of the extreme heat in the engine bay. If you find a leak in the cooling system, you should have it repaired immediately.